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A Christmas elf gumball machine brings holiday cheer

A SIMPLE elf gumball machine.....just in time for Christmas!

Very often my ideas come to me in my did this. I actually dreamt of a Santa gumball machine and an Angel gumball machine....but elf was born! Maybe I'll create the other two next year!

elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy

I refer to this one as SIMPLE.....simply because it is just the machine and Dixie Belle Paint (and a cheesy dog costume)! There are no molds or stencils or transfers.....just an idea and paint!

As with all the others, I recommend a layer or two of Dixie Belle's Slick Stick prior to painting. I did choose to paint the base of this machine red as you can see here with my granddaughter Harlow.

I realize the machine was already red....but I wanted a brighter and happier red like Honky Tonk Red! I mean.....something called Honky Tonk has to be a fun color!

It really is the perfect Christmas red... see Honky Tonk Red on my Santa Desk here!

So two coats of red and let dry.

I then drew the design of the elf collar with a piece of chalk and filled in that space with a custom mix of Evergreen and Tree Frog Green for what I believe is the perfect Christmas green!

elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy

I added a small outline of metallic gold and jingle bells using Gemstone Mousse in Gold.....having watered it down every so slightly until it was more of a paint consistency and less of a mousse. I love the versatility of the mousse for that very reason!

I then used Fluff to add the freehanded stripes around the base...using a 1/2" flat square bristled artist brush. I also added white stitching around the Elf's collar with a tiny outline brush.

elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy

I finished this off by using the Gemstone mousse to paint the entire faceplate/coin slot! I painted the carved leaves with red to represent poinsettias....and added little tiny dots of green for berries.

elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy

The entire piece is top coated with Top Coat in satin for durability, protection, and a nice sheen.

The little puppy hat fits perfectly over the lid. In fact, it isn't even glued you can still unscrew the lid and add more gum. Because how fun would an empty elf gumball machine be???

elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy

A quick tie of the scarf and it's done!

I'm telling you.....2020 has been the year of the gumball machine for me! It all started with THIS gumball machine made for my fancy grand last Christmas. See ALL the gumball machines that followed HERE!

You too can learn to paint your own gumball machine in this 3+ hour tutorial. So many details and different design ideas. Learn more here...

And honestly, the ideas are endless! It is my hope that 2021 will be filled with many gumball machines painted by YOU!

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See you next week!



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elf gumball machine by Tracey's Fancy
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